We all look forward to this time of the year.
The Lakers—err...I mean some team will be crowned Champion in June.
The weather’s starting to get nice, people are more friendly, and even crime declines. (Hey even criminals take vacation. No one wants to work in sweltering heat, right?)
The only backside to this great transition period is that it also happens to be allergy season.
Allergies cause some to be bothered by pollen, others are more vulnerable to dust and dirt, but the Lakers suffered through a particularly loathsome sickness—the dreaded offensive-rebound allergy.
This allergy caused the Lakers to lose the series offensive rebound battle by 13! (Remember, this was only a five-game series).
Although Phil may appreciate the Lakers’ lack of efficiency here, as deficits like that tend to make games closer, allowing him to give you the climatic finish that he so desperately wishes to provide you with, it still is a genuine area of concern.
It cannot be stated enough: Rebounding is the cornerstone of maintaining leads.
The Lakers will need to make adjustments as they prepare themselves for the second road bump in their title campaign.
(Sorry, I couldn’t come up with an amusing line to close out on.)